Frederik Pohl

Literary Birthday – 26 November – Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl was born 26 November 1919, and died 2 September 2013.

Frederik Pohl Quotes

  1. You can’t really predict the future. All you can do is invent it.
  2. I was thinking of writing a little foreword saying that history is, after all, based on people’s recollections, which change with time.
  3. I did that for 40 years or more. I never had any writer’s block. I got up in the morning, sat down at the typewriter – now, computer – lit up a cigarette.
  4. The greatest challenge facing the human race is learning restraint.
  5. When I sit down to the feast of life … I’m so busy planning on how to pick up the check, and wondering what the other people think of me for paying it, and wondering if I have enough money in my pocket to pay the bill, that I don’t get around to eating.
  6. A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.
  7. That’s really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have.

Frederik Pohl was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning more than 75 years. Pohl won a U.S. National Book Award for Jem. He won four Hugo and three Nebula Awards.

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Posted on: 26th November 2013